United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: Cheryl J. Hopwood v. State of Texas

Read the following segments from the United States Court of Appeals' decision in the case of Hopwood v. Texas: sections I, II, and III (A.) on pages 1–34. Then, skip ahead and read part VI on pages 67–70. This U.S. Court of Appeals decision involved a group of white students who sued the University of Texas School of Law on the grounds that the school selected several minority students instead of them despite the fact that they had superior academic qualifications. The plaintiffs argued that the law school discriminated against them based on their race. The court decided in their favor, although the decision was later overturned. The court's statement provides a reasoned argument for the idea that affirmative action constitutes racial discrimination.

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